Here are the top public elementary schools in Michigan, according to review site

DETROIT – The researchers at Niche.com continue to rank the best schools in the state of Michigan. 

This time their attention has turned to public elementary schools. According to Niche, "the 2018 Best Public Elementary Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education."

"Ranking factors include state test scores, student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality, grade school ratings, and the overall quality of the school district," a statement on the review site reads. 

With that in mind, here's how they rank the "best public elementary schools" in Michigan, complete with a letter grade (the top nine all are in the Troy School District):

1. Wattles Elementary School (Troy School District) -- A+
2. Leonard Elementary School (Troy School District) -- A+
3. Wass Elementary School (Troy School District) -- A+
4. Schroeder Elementary School (Troy School District) -- A+
5. Bemis Elementary School (Troy School District) -- A+
6. Hill Elementary School (Troy School District) -- A+
7. Hamilton Elementary School (Troy School District) -- A+
8. Barnard Elementary School (Troy School District) -- A+
9. Costello Elementary School (Troy School District) -- A+
10. Eastover Elementary School (Bloomfield Hills Schools) -- A+
11. Conant Elementary School (Bloomfield Hills Schools) -- A+
12. Martell Elementary School (Troy School District) -- A+
13. Bingham Farms Elementary School (Birmingham Public Schools) -- A+
14. Deerfield Elementary School (Novi Community School District) -- A+
15. Parkview Elementary School (Novi Community School District) -- A+ 
16. Canton Charter Academu (Canton Township, Mich.) -- A+
17. Beverly Elementary School (Birmingham Public Schools) -- A+
18. Birmingham Covington School (Birmingham Public Schools) -- A+
19. Okemos Public Montessori School at Central (Okemos Public Schools) -- A+
20. Novi Woods Elementary School (Novi Community School District) -- A+
21. Village Oaks Elementary School (Novi Community School District) -- A+
22. Morse Elementary School (Troy School District) -- A+
23. Way Elementary School (Bloomfield Hills Schools) -- A+
24. West Maple Elementary School (Birmingham Public Schools) -- A+
25. Stevens T. Mason Elementary School (Grosse Pointe Public Schools) -- A+
26. Achieve Charter Academy (Canton Township, Mich.) -- A+
27. Troy Union Elementary School (Troy School District) -- A+
28. Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy (Plymouth, Mich.) -- A+
29. Pierce Elementary School (Birmingham Public Schools) -- A+
30. Hiawatha Elementary School (Okemos Public Schools) -- A+

See the full list here.

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SchoolDigger has different rankings

SchoolDigger.com offers different rankings for the "best" Michigan elementary schools based on a separate set of standards. SchoolDigger is basing their rankings only on the state M-Step scores, not the "student-teacher ratio, student diversity, teacher quality" which Niche uses.

"SchoolDigger calculates school rankings based on M-Step English Language Arts, M-Step Math, M-Step Science, M-Step Social Studies test scores released by the Michigan Department of Education. These rankings were last updated on August 29, 2017, and are based on the most recent test scores available. We update rankings as we receive new test scores from the Michigan Department of Education, usually on a yearly basis. Our sources of data include the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education and the Michigan Department of Education," the website explains. 

You'll notice some crossover between the SchoolDigger and Niche rankings, particularly the Troy School District schools. 

Here are SchoolDigger's Michigan elementary school rankings (there is no letter grade offered by this review site): 

1. Brown Elementary School (Byron Center Public Schools) 
2. Handley School (Saginaw School District)
3. Webster Elementary School (Livonia Public Schools District)
4. Hemmeter Elementary School (Saginaw Township Community Schools)
5. Musson Elementary School (Rochester Community School District)
6. Schroeder Elementary School (Troy School District) 
7. Holmes Elementary School (Spring Lake Public Schools)
8. Jeffers Elementary School (Spring Lake Public Schools)
9. Rosy Mound School (Grand Haven Area Public School)
10. University Hills Elementary Schools (Rochester Community School District)
11. Lewis Maire Elementary School (Grosse Pointe Public Schools)
12. Bemis Elementary School (Troy School District)
13. Angell School (Ann Arbor Public Schools)
14. Lakewood Elementary School (West Ottawa Public School District)
15. Amerman Elementary School (Northville Public Schools)
16. Ada Elementary School (Forest Hills Public Schools)
17. Okemos Public Montessori-Central (Okemos Public Schools)
18. Eberwhite School (Ann Arbor Public Schools)
19. Lakeside School (East Grand Rapids Public Schools)
20. Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy (Plymouth)
21. Peach Plains School (Grand Haven Area Public Schools)
22. Martin Luther King Elementary School (Ann Arbor Public Schools)
23. Breton Downs School (East Grand Rapids Public Schools)
24. Bach Elementary School (Ann Arbor Public Schools)
25. Novi Woods Elementary School (Novi Community School District)
26. Messmore Elementary School (Utica Community Schools)
27. Moraine Elementary School (Northville Public Schools)
28. North Hill Elementary School (Rochester Community School District)
29. Achieve Charter Academy (Canton Township)
30. Leonard Elementary School (Troy School District)

See the full list here.


About the Author:

Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.